2235 Tasting Notes

drank Assam Exotic by Vadham
2235 tasting notes

Close to a sipdown on these sachets. After further reflection, while this has some higher-order flavor notes, it’s one of the un-Assam-iest Assams I’ve ever had. It may the fatigue talking here, but I just want my malt handed to me straight. I still appreciate it, but probably not enough to restock it.

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drank Sri Lanka Breakfast by TeaMaze
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Sipdown. Though I did like this one for its natural sweetness and gentility, it was a little too gentle for morning wake-up call. I am bone tired this time of year and need kicking instead of nudging in the a.m.

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Boy, you really have to WANT to leave a note around here lately! OK, ‘nuff said. Maybe we’re back now!

As a long-timer, as I was steeping up this very old sample, I was just pondering all the tea companies that have come and gone since I started hanging out here. I think this one may be in the “gone” category; the only Tea Merchant I see when Googling is in South Africa, and I don’t believe it’s a match.

At any rate, this little packet has held up well despite significant neglect. I don’t do a lot of Darjeeling…a little too thin and dry for me, but this one gets a better-than-average on my scale. Some of that nice grape-peel flavor, but it doesn’t make your mouth dry like you’ve been licking paper. I’m glad to have some left just to change up the morning routine a little.

Leafhopper

You’re right, leaving tasting notes has been quite a chore lately. As someone who felt the same way about Darjeelings a few years ago and now loves them, I might recommend lots of leaves, a relatively short steeping time (3 or 3.5 minutes), and water around 195F or even 190F. I find second flushes to be sweeter and have less astringency than their first flush siblings. Sorry if you’ve heard all this before. :)

gmathis

I am the product of Depression-era hoarder parents. I tend to be very chintzy on leaves and need the reminder to loosen up!

Leafhopper

I also tend to be too stingy with my leaves and brew my tea until its last gasp of flavour. I usually steep my Darjeelings three times until all I can taste is the tannins.

tea-sipper

I remember The Tea Merchant! (Because I still have a sample or two of their teas in my cupboard. egads)

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drank Original Blend by Red Rose
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Good morning—-absolutely nothing to say other than sounding a barbaric YAWP! This is banana season at work under normal circumstances; even more so trying to open the school year sensibly and safely. So I need no-frills tea I can neglect, abuse, guzzle, ice down, mismanage, steep with my eyes closed, and forget in the fridge for three days. This is it. Looking forward to the good stuff later!

ashmanra

So happy to see everyone again! Prayers for the school opening!

Veronica

Best of luck this year! Hope you and your students have a great (and safe) year.

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Sipdown this morning. And even the dregs of this abused, neglected, and elderly packet were delicious. I am still confounded by how a mix of Darjeeling and Yunnan—with no additional flavor, I believe—can taste like pastry.

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Well, thank you very much, you influencers, you … I mentioned it casually to my husband, and he kindly picked up a box. I ripped into it this morning because I am definitely in need of a little thunder. (In our part of the world school will be opening, so it’s been Katy-bar-the-door at work.)

The way I steeped it (sloppily, maybe 6 minutes), the mate reminds me a little of burnt campfire marshmallow crust. That’s not a bad thing to wake up to.

derk

First time seeing that idiom

gmathis

(Been a long day. I first read that as idiot. You’ve about got it right.)

derk

I didn’t say it :P

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Somebody asked me once when I became a tea junkie; I think it dates back to college when I needed caffeine for a 7 a.m. class but chose not to do coffee. My favorite teapot is a medium-sized Brown Betty given to me by my Mema; the painted flowers are chipping off, but the size and feel is perfect. I rejoice when I get a morning to brew a pot of loose tea starting with a kettle; not a bag and a hot pot.

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